Diversity Edge Opportunities

For the Diversity Edge, you will need a 100 hours that must include a combination of international and domestic diversity (a minimum of at least 20 hours in each area).

Movies only count if there is a formal discussion afterwards.

You can log 30 hours for language classes, including sign language.

Possible Diversity Edge Hours (International)

The Iran Nuclear Deal:  Separating Fact from Fiction will be held on Monday, August 31, at 2:30 p.m. in the Marquette/Nicolet Rooms, UC.  Event participants first will listen to a live teleconference featuring Reza Marashi and Amabassador Mark Johnson. 

Reza Marashi is the first Research Director at the National Iranian American Council. He has worked in the Office of Iranian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS), and was on-site in Vienna observing the Iran Nuclear talk.

Mark Johnson served as Ambassador to Senegal, Deputy Inspector General of the State Department, Deputy Chief of Mission in Kuwait, and Deputy Chief of Mission in Cairo, Egypt. He was the first American diplomat to return to the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait City after it was liberated in the Desert Storm campaign, and was involved with the Middle East peace process and the Iranian hostage crisis.

Immediately following the teleconference, NMU Political Science faculty members will hold a panel discussion to answer explore the topic further and answer questions.

This event is free.  If you have any questions, please contact International Programs at 227-2510.  This event is brought to you by the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan.

Possible Diversity Edge Hours

The 10th Annual United Conference will take place on campus on Saturday, September 19 - Wednesday, September 23.

Time/Location Presenter/Title
Saturday, Sept. 19  
1-3 p.m.
Pioneer A & B, UC
Master Artist Workshop - Southern Appalachian Harmony with Ginny Hawker and Tracy Schwartz
Sunday, Sept. 20  
7:30 p.m.
Great Lakes Rooms, UC
American Traditional Music with Ginny Hawker and Tracy Schwartz
Monday, Sept. 21  
11:00-11:40 a.m.
Great Lakes Rooms, UC
Sook Wilkinson, clinical psychologist, author, and NMU Board of Trustees vice chair, will discuss the storeis of the people featured in the recently released Asian Americans in Michigan:  Voices from the Midwest, a book she co-edited.
1:00-1:40 p.m.
Great Lakes Rooms, UC
Harry Bradshaw Matthews, associate dean and director of US Pluralism Programs in the Office of Intercultural Affairs at Hartwick College and NMU alumnus, will disucss the Development of the African American Identity during the Pre-Civil War Years and its Affect upon the Building of Common Ground Reference Points for the Discussion of Race and Greater Diversity in America.
2:00-2:40 p.m.
Great Lakes Rooms, UC
Chris Mosier, Men's Team USA triathlete, is the founder of transathlete.com and was named one of The Advocate's "40 Under 40" in 2014.  Also in 2014, Mosier became te first trans man inducted into the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame.  He is an NMU alumnus and former North Wind editor in chief.

4:00-4:40 p.m.
Great Lakes Rooms, UC

Anna Burnett, NMU International Programs Office, will host the panel discussion of Engage the World with Study Abroad.  Past study abroad participants discuss their experiences as NMU students abroad, what they did to engage with the culture and people of their new homes on a deeper level than the typical tourist, and how their time abroad continues to impact their lives today.
7:30 p.m.
Great Lakes Rooms, UC
David Williams, Vice Chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs, Athletic Director, Law Professor at Vanderbilt University, and NMU alumnus, will share what he's learned about conflict resolution since his NMU student protest days.
Tuesday, Sept. 22  
11:00-11:50 a.m.
Great Lakes Rooms, UC
Holly Barcus, Associate Professor of Geography at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, will discuss her research on Narratives of Place and Home:  Transnational Migration Decisions in Western Mongolia.  Barcus will discuss her research regarding Mongolia's minority Kazakh populatoin - a study of how home and palce may be intimately linked to our sesne of identity and belonging, but they are only casually considered as potential drivers of migration decisions.
1:00-1:45 p.m.
Great Lakes Rooms, UC
Cathy Baro Bean, educator, author, and speaker, discusses Living and Laughing by the Chopsticks-Fork Principle.  She uses humor to examine issues of diversity in American society and promotes the "chopsticks-for principle" for greater awareness of the diversity within and around us.
2:00-2:40 p.m.
Great Lakes Rooms, UC
Terry Rodenberg, reitred Sociology Professor and Director of the Center for International Studies at Western Illinois University and the University of Central Missouri discuss Before Jackie Robinson:  Steps Toward the Desegratoin of Baseball.  In addition to talking about how sports, the desegregation of baseball and the Negro Leagues changed our society, Rodenberg will also discuss what is happening to African-American baseball players.
7:30 p.m.
Great Lakes Rooms, UC
Alexandra Fuller, award-winning author, has penned five non-fiction books that chronicle her life.  In her first book, Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, Fuller share growing up in Zimbabwe surrounded by war and hardship.  Her latest memoirs, Leaving Before the Rains Come, was published in January 2015.
Wednesday, Sept. 23  
9:00-9:40 a.m.
Great Lakes Rooms, UC
"Intersectionality of Race and Class:  Educating Poor Children" with Rajendra Chetty
11:00-11:40 a.m.
Great Lakes Rooms, UC
The Arab American Presention will introduce the diversity and multiplicity of Arab Americans in the US but with a particular focus on those in the metro-Detroit area.  The presentation will also highlight the history of immigration, cultural charcteristics, and religion, in addition to debunking various stereotypes palced upon Arab Americans through films, media, and misinformation.
1:00-1:40 p.m.
Great Lakes Rooms, UC
Education Provisions in American Indian Treaties will be presented by Martin Reinhardt, Assistant Professor of Native American Students at NMU.  The US signed 371 treaties with American Indian tribes with 147 of these treties containing provisions focusing on some aspect of education.  The presentation will outline the canons used by the US Supreme Court when deciding on treaty rights cases.
2:00-2:40 p.m.
Great Lakes Rooms, UC
Doing Disability Studies: Equity and Justice through the Arts and Humanities will be presented by Allison Hobgood, Associate Professor of English and Women's and Gender Studies at Willamette University.  Hobgood invites listeners to consider the role of disability studies in higher education and as an academic pursuit that supports social justice.  Specifically, she will explore the power of disability studies in the humanities, discuss its history and current iterations, and offer some examples of how disability studies helps make our world a more just, inclusive and equitable place.

Possible Citizenship or Diversity (International) Edge Hours

Interested in volunteering or studying abroad?  Check out what projects are being offered now.

Possible Diversity Edge Hours

The NELI program is looking for several volunteers (Conversation Mentors and Recruitment Volunteers).  If you would like more information, please contact Jo Doran at cdoran@nmu.edu.  For learn more about NELI, check this out.

Possible Diversity - Domestic, Leadership, or Real World Edge Hours

Are you looking for a chance to experience the other side of health care?  If so, please contact Upper Peninsula Home Health and Hospice, to learn about a variety of opportunities available. You can contact our Volunteer Coordinator today at 906-225-4545, e-mail us for more information at lilahn@uphomehealth.com, or follow our efforts at www.facebook.com/uphomehealth.

Our Program:

Our hospice volunteers program offers several different types of opportunities ranging from direct companion/family support volunteers, special service volunteers, special project volunteers and even group opportunities.  Those who choose to work with our hospice patients directly will work in a variety of different settings that may include the patient’s personal homes, local hospitals, nursing homes, assisted livings, and memory care facilities.

As a volunteer with our hospice program, you will discover flexibility, specialized training and opportunities for personal growth.  Our team approach supports your role in making a difference in the lives of our patients and their families.  You will also find the support of our Hospice Foundation which provides resources for volunteer projects and our Make-a-Memory Program.

Current Opportunities:

Companion/family support volunteers work to provide support directly to patients and families.  To ensure that all volunteers are equipped for the challenge of working with those dealing with a life limiting illness, we require that volunteers complete orientation and training sessions.  It’s important that volunteers understand the philosophy of hospice and are aware of the specific ways we work to serve the community.  Volunteers spend their visits being present, listening, helping with errands or light household tasks or providing short respite opportunities for caregivers.

Special service volunteers are able to share their special skills of music or art therapy, massage therapy, and reminisce therapy.  If you have any talents you would like to share, contact us today.

Special project volunteers groups help with special projects that are vital in providing indirect support to our patients and their caregivers.  Many of these groups consist of resident volunteers from the local assisted living and nursing facilities.  Projects include but are not limited to:  heated comfort bags, fleece tie blankets, recipes-in-a-jar/horticulture therapy kits, and cards, letters and flowers.

Group volunteer opportunities exist for your group, club, or organization to become involved with hospice.  Upper Peninsula Hospice will provide an informative presentation or on-site training for any interested group.

To inquire about volunteer opportunities call our volunteer coordinator at 906-225-4545 or check us out at www.facebook.com/uphomehealth.

Possible Diversity Edge Hours - Domestic

NAS 101 - Anishinaabe Language, Culture & Community I 
An introduction to Anishinaabemowin language including grammar, vocabulary, idioms and syllabics.  Students will learn to read, write and speak basic Anishinaabemowin.  This course also promotes the preservation of Anishinaabe culture by examining various facets of Anishinaabe everyday life and contemporary issues

NAS 102 - Anishinaabe Language, Culture & Community II 
An in-depth study of Anishinaabemowin language.  This course is a continuation of materials introduced in NAS 101.  Students will focus on higher-level use of the language and will apply it in situations related to contemporary Anishinaabe cultural issues and community structures.

NAS 204-06 Native American Experience
A study of the development of Native American history, culture, attitudes, and issues from the prehistoric era to the contemporary scene, focusing on native culture in the Great Lakes region.  Shared native world view, contact experience and native peoples' contributions to world culture are an important part of the course.

NAS 212 - Michigan and Wisconsin Tribes, Treaties and Current Issues (Education and Political Science)
Examine the 23 federally recognized tribes of Michigan and Wisconsin.  Questions to be explore - how have treaties between tribal nations and federal government shaped history in this region?  What is sovereignty?  What are treaties and what treaties impact this region?  Discussions may also include tribal enterprises, urban Indian communities, and timely issues that arise in the news.

NAS 280 - Storytelling by Native American Women 
This course examines a myriad of historic and contemporary aspects of native life through the eyes and stories of Native American women.  Subjects include customs, culture, family, generations, mothers, daughters, grandmothers, art, education, fiction, poetry, political activism, and spirituality.

NAS 315 - History of Indian Boarding School Education (Anthro, History, Sociology)
The history of the initiation, development, alteration, and demise of the federally mandated Indian boarding school education experience in the U.S. and Canada. Intergenerational and contemporary repercussions, both positive and negative, within indigenous societies are considered.

NAS 320 - American Indians:  Identity and Media Images (English and Oral Traditions)
An analysis of the identity and images of American Indians portrayed within the historic and contemporary media.  Perpetuation of stereotypes and appropriates or distorts cultural images, symbols, beliefs, stories and contributions by native people to the media will be explored.

NAS 330 - Native Cultures and the Dynamics of Religious Experience
An examination of the traditional philosophies of the native peoples in the Great Lakes region as well as an exploration of how Christianity has influenced native peoples and communities.  Students will learn about the historical impacts, positive and negative, that organized religion has had on Indian country.

NAS 340 - Kinomaage - The Earth Shows Us the Way
Kinomaage, when translated, is "Earth shows us the way."  Students will examine various plants of the Northwoods that have been traditionally used by the Anishinaabeg.  Students will also examine the close relationship between Anishinaabeg peoples, culture, and the Earth while comparing that relationship to modern day society's view of the environment.

NAS 342 - Indigenous Environmental Movements
An exploration of the historical and cultural foundations of the paradigms that led to the ecological exploitation of Indigenous lands.  Students will examine how Indigenous cultures today are resisting domination and working to regain, protect and nurture their lands, the planet, and their ways of life.

NAS 420 - Issues within the Representation of American Indians (Anthro, History, Sociology)
The histories, legacies and continuing debates regarding the display of Native Americans and especially how representations of Indians may reflect colonialist attempts of appropriation, marginalization, and erasure of indigenous cultures as well as Native American resistance, accommodation, and celebration.

NAS 485 - American Indian Education
Students will explore significant American Indian education policy from pre-colonial times to the present day.  Students will investigate treaties with educational provisions, current U.S. federal Indian education law; standards-based reform and Native American inclusion.  Through online chat rooms, students will discuss these issues with individuals from different parts of the world.


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